Why get angry about something that doesn’t exist?

Why do some people get so angry about something they say doesn’t exist?

By definition atheists all agree that God doesn’t exist; He’s a hoax… sort of like the Loch Ness Monster or Big Foot, only apparently more dangerous because somehow the belief by much of the rest of the world that there is a God and that He exists in some form must be enough reason to scream, shout and sue.

Maybe someone smarter than me can explain the philosophical logic in the notion of protesting the belief in something that doesn’t exist.


2 thoughts on “Why get angry about something that doesn’t exist?

  1. The answer to your question is that we don’t get angry about something that doesn’t exist. We get angry at the people who, because of their beliefs, feel the unrestrainable need to try to convert us (as if we haven’t heard it all before ad infinitum). We get angry at those religious people that try to subvert what are constitutionally secular government institutions. We get angry at those who, because we act to protect those institutions, whine that their beliefs are being attacked even though they were the ones who did all the attacking. We get angry at a pope who lies when he claims that condom use increases the spread of AIDS, which will result in tens of millions of deaths. We get angry at priests who abuse children, and religious authority (instead of doing the right thing and turning in the purpetrators to the proper authorities) shuffle them around in order to hide it. We get angry at the Pat Robertsons and Fred Phelps whose sole purpose in life is to spread hatred of anyone that doesn’t conform to their beliefs. In short, we aren’t angry at god any more than we are angry at unicorns. But we are angry at those that do immoral and dispicable acts under the guise of religion as if that makes it okay.

    And there’s your answer.

  2. I agree with your last point, and I too get angry at those who commit immoral and despicable acts under the guise of religion. But since you used the word maybe it would be fair to ask for some clarification to your use of the word “immoral.” I agree… the acts you allude to are immoral, but under who’s morality? It sounds like we can both agree that priests molesting children is wrong. Why is that wrong and under what common morality are we both in agreement?
    Are there moral absolutes that, no matter what or who we’re talking about, are just plain wrong?

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